Roman Republic, Denarius


Roman Republic, Denarius (obverse) Roman Republic, Denarius (reverse)

The obverse of this denarius from the year 103 BC depicts the head of Mars, the Roman god of war. On the reverse is a Roman legionnaire fighting a barbarian soldier over a fallen comrade.

The issue of this denarius fell into the time of decisive military encounters between the Romans and the Cimbri, a Germanic tribe. The coin design is mere propaganda: Mars as the protector of the Roman legions, and the fighting scene as commemoration of previous Roman victories and the bravery of Roman soldiers.


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